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Comoros Tours with Birding Africa

Our 12-day itinerary has been designed to efficiently target all of the endemic birds of the Comoros Islands, including Mayotte. It runs conveniently back-to-back with our Remote Madagascar Tour, allowing you to make the most of being in the region already by extending your birding holiday.

The tour is heavily bird focused (there is little other wildlife), although scenery is spectacular on Mount Karthala. We will visit all four of the main islands in the Comoros, namely Grande Comore, Mohéli, Anjouan and Mayotte. Each island has its own endemic birds (SIE). This tour will give us enough time for an excellent chance of seeing all of the Comoros 24 endemic species shared between two or more islands; and almost all endemic subspecies.

Our itinerary allows for multiple opportunities to find all of the trickier bird species, with two nights available for each of the four endemic scops owls. Good news is that Mount Karthala, previously requiring a tough hike, can now be climbed much of the way by vehicle, thanks to a new track opening up. However, we still plan to camp for one night to maximise our chance of Karthala Scops Owl and Karthala White-eye, the latter occurring only at higher altitudes.

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Featured Leader: Michael Mills

Michael Mills grew up "in the bush" in the Kalahari and Kruger National Parks where his parents were carnivore researchers. His incredible focus, dedication and ability to locate and show people Africa's toughest birds is probably unequalled on the continent.

Michael has led dozens of tours in Southern, East, Central, West and North Africa and his experience in locating birds on just the softest of calls or briefest of views impresses those who have travelled with him.

There is seldom a tour where Michael doesn't make an interesting discovery such as finding a new species for a country or record an undescribed bird call (and he has published these in the scientific literature).

Not only is Michael one of our principal leaders, but he also helps extensively with scouting and planning our most challenging itineraries.

2022 Tours

Tour name Dates in country Days Leaflet Tour report
Indian Ocean Islands: Comoros, Seychelles and Mascarenes (BA500) 23 Oct - 11 Nov 20 Leaflet USD download PDF
Indian Ocean Islands: Madagascar 13 - 29 November 17 enquire enquire

Volcanic in origin, the Comoros are mostly quite mountainous © Claire Spottiswoode

Coastal landscape © Claire Spottiswoode

Practical tour information

Focus For keen birders and mammal enthusiasts. Designed to focus on birds, but while on the walks we may also look for other aspects of wildlife. We can also customise any itinerary to suit to the keen birder, the wildlife enthusiast or both.
Photography Many participants on our trips are amateur wildlife photographers. And when we get excellent views of a bird or mammal, some time is usually spent watching and photographing it. However, this is not a photographic tour and once the majority of the people have felt that they have absorbed the animal or bird to their satisfaction, then we move on in search of the next encounter. Thus, while the photographic opportunities are very good, the group will only occasionally wait for somebody who wants to spend even longer getting better photos.
Fitness No fitness is required. The few walks are generally in relatively flat areas with occasional small inclines.
Timing Various times. Please enquire.
Climate Warm to hot.
Comfort A good standard of accommodation in guest houses, lodges and small hotels.
Transport We travel by minibus or four wheel drive vehicle.
Group Size Limited to 9 participants.
Top birds Comoros Blue Vanga, Humblot's Sunbird, Moheli Scops Owl, Karthala Scops Owl, Karthala White-eye.
Top mammals
Booking Your booking can be secured with a booking form and deposit. You will receive confirmation and our tour information pack with practical information on what to expect and how to prepare for the tour. The balance is due 150 days before the tour. Contact us to enquire about availability.

About Birding Africa

Birding Africa is a specialist birding tour company customising tours for both world listers and more relaxed holiday birders. We combine interests in mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, botany and other natural history aspects and will guide you to Africa's and Madagascar's most diverse birding destinations. Our guides' knowledge of African birds and birding areas is our greatest strength and together we have rediscovered species, shared exciting observations with the birding community and had a fun time exploring our home continent. We've even written two acclaimed guide books on where to find Southern Africa's and Madagascar's best birds. Birding is more than our passion, it's our lifestyle, and we are dedicated to making professional, best value trips filled with endemic species and unique wildlife experiences. Since 1997, we've run bird watching tours in South Africa and further into Africa for individual birders, small birding groups and top international tour companies. We've run Conservation Tours in association with the African Bird Club and work with and consult for a number of other top international tour companies and the BBC Natural History Unit.

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